I was reading today's Knitting Daily e-mail that I subscribe to from Interweave Knits and read the editor's article on the Orphan Foundation of America's (OFA) Red Scarf Project. Foster-care youth who have gone to college receive a Valentine's Day Care Package containing a hand-made red scarf (or any shade of red - or any colour for that matter that is unisex and reversible). The first year 3,500 scarves were collected and the next year 15,000 were received for distribution. Care packages are sent two other times of the year - late September and April (before exams). These youth continually tell the OFA how such gifts of support east their loneliness and anxiety, and boost their drive to succeed in school.
What a wonderful way to encourage a parentless college student and let them know they are supported in their pursuit of post-secondary education. I now know where my red alpaca Palindrome Scarf will be going once I'm finished.